Recently, the researchers who work at Columbia University visited the Catskill Mountains in New York. They planned the trip this winter to analyze the details of the snowflakes. More exactly, they wanted to see how the snowflakes fall and what their evolution is once they reach the ground.
Marco Tedesco is the head researcher of this project. According to him, there are high chances of further discoveries if volunteers will hunt snowflakes next winter. Then, scientists could take a higher-resolution picture.
The goal of these efforts is to use the data to find more clues about the climate change. Another important purpose is to validate the satellite models that scientists are currently using for the weather predictions. Furthermore, they want to predict more accurately how the snow found in the upstate watershed of New York melt. Later, they reach the streams and the reservoirs. From there, 9 million people get their tap water, which is why this has become so important for everybody.
Why the Snow in the Eastern US?
According to Tedesco, the snow that falls in this area has a very particular character. What makes it so special is the fact that it’s moister than any other snow. The West region, for example, has a higher elevation. In turn, this translates to a more powdery snow, which has a totally different consistence.
Despite not being such a famous research branch, snow science can give researchers plenty of clues regarding our planet. Scientists all over the world hope to get a deeper insight into the processes and phenomena that are taking place at the moment on our planet. Climate change has been affecting virtually all the aspects of our life and nature. Even though there are some voices that contest it, we cannot deny the consistent changes that are unraveling at the moment.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.